The term ecosystem services is often used to describe, both in general and very specifically, benefits provided by nature and valued by people. However, many of the widely used definitions are not sufficiently specific for consistent and precise identification of such services (Nahlik et al., 2012).
Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) is a six-year (2011-2017) UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) programme, designed to answer fundamental questions about the functional role of biodiversity in key ecosystem processes and the delivery of ecosystem processes at the landscape scale.
The Ecosystem Services Partnership invites you to the 6th annual ESP conference, which will be held from 27-31 August 2013, on Bali, Indonesia. Don't miss your chance to interact and exchange ideas with other ESP members, practitioners, educators, policy-makers, researchers, and many others in this International and exotic setting. Be part of working-groups producing outcomes ranging from journal articles, white papers, book chapters, grant proposals, database structures, websites, and much more.
The Natural Capital Project has published two reports and six case studies on developing scenarios in the context of assessing ecosystem services to inform decisions. This includes a Scenarios Primer that introduces scenarios with short case studies and Scenarios Guidance and Case Studies which is a more detailed resource for practitioners with full case studies and links to further resources.
Land use and development planning that only accounts for the value of built capital often negatively impacts communities: small businesses and jobs can be lost, environmental health is impacted, and community structure may be lost. SERVES (Simple and Effective Resource for Valuing Ecosystem Services), can be used by individuals and communities to understand and leverage the economic value of green infrastructure and natural systems. This information provides powerful arguments for shifting investment towards sustainability.
The Economics of Change: Catalyzing the Investment Shift Toward a Restorative Built Environment provides effective alternatives to the current financial model and policy framework that drive investment decisions in real estate.